Econoline 5.8L V8 Check engine light

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Old 10-16-03, 05:56 PM
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Econoline 5.8L V8 Check engine light

My husband has a 1996 Ford Econoline 150 Van (5.8L V8),since last week his check engine light has been coming on and the van seems to struggle when running.
He has a remote starter in it and sometimes when he starts it, the engine will struggle to start and then stops. We went to a local Autozone and they ran a diagnostic test on it and it showed "system lean" What does this mean and how does one go about correcting this problem.
 
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Old 10-16-03, 06:14 PM
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this means that the engine is not getting enough gas to run correctly this can be caused by several things such as a vacum leak, a bad sensor or a contaminated maf sensor, weak fuel pump.
you would probably start by looking for any leaking vacum lines and checking fuel pressure to see if its within spec.
you may have to take it in to a shop for diagnosis as they would have the necassary equipment to test the computer system that most vehicle owners would not buy for the occasional repair as it is not cost effective for them to do so.
 
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Old 10-17-03, 06:43 AM
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Agree with BeJay.
 
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Old 10-19-03, 07:07 AM
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Those Fords are having a lot of problems with the rubber elbows and tees they use in connecting large vacuum lines. Listen for the hiss and you may find that.
 
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Old 10-20-03, 01:45 PM
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Thank you all for your valued input. Your were right the van was definately not getting enough gas to enhance adequate performance. My husband gave in and took it to a repair shop. They ran a diagnostic check and said it was not getting enough gas due to a dirty gas filter.They changed it for a new one and the van is now at peak performance.It however did cost us $116.
 
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Old 10-20-03, 03:10 PM
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That's still a lot better that throwing a bunch of unnessessary parts at it and then paying the $116. That may sound like a lot to you but we techs probably spend an average of $100 a week just to maintain and update tools. That's not counting the major pieces of equipment the shop provides. Now we have to regularly attend training and schools mostly on our own time just to keep up with this technology. We have to stand behind our work and diagnostics. It's a much more complicated world out there now and we have to make a living too. We try to help you out here as much as possible but we had to spend a lot before we could collect that money.
 
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